Farewell, Adam Cullen. I’m so sorry to see you go; way too early.
From what I understand Cullen was troubled by illness both physical and mental, and his habits probably didn’t help him. Despite all this, he produced some great art. It was always sassy; unapologetic. I loved his colour choices which at times screamed ‘look at MOI!’ To me, he had a real mastery. The Archibald Trustees obviously thought so too; he was in the Archibald nine times and won it with David Wenham’s portrait in 2000. This year’s entry was pretty good, too.
Adam Cullen, Charles Waterstreet, 2011. (The real-life barrister who served as inspiration for the ABC series Rake.)
Adam Cullen, Nelson and Koko, 2012. This year’s Archibald final entry. The maker of Red Dog, along with its canine star.